Enter the NJ Sandcastle contest July 12

Making castles in the sand has always been a fun part of a trip to Jersey Shore beaches. Some talented sand sculptors have raised that past time to an art.
On July 12, amateurs and professionals alike can show their talent at the 18th Avenue Beach in Belmar, during the 31st Annual NJ Sandcastle Contest. In addition to the contest, there will be games, dancing, music and prizes.
This perfect family event is free and is open to sandcastle artists of all ages. Judging is based on originality, creativity, resourcefulness and accessories.
Participants are encouraged to use environmentally friendly materials when building their castles, as the designs will eventually be swept away by the ocean.
The six different categories are: age 7 & under, age 8-11, age 12-15,  age 16 and over, Camps & Recreation and Family. For each group there are first, second  and third place awards. There will also be first, second  and third place awards for Best Sandcastle on the Beach.  Compete as a solo artist–or team up in a group, as judges will also award the tower they choose as “Best on the Beach.”
 Registration starts at 8 am on the 18th Avenue Beach, with free admission to the beach for participants. Judging begins at noon. Rain date is scheduled for July 13.
The 2017 NJ Sandcastle Contest is presented by the Belmar Tourism Commission and D’Jais restaurant through the generous support of our sponsors: JCP&L, Wendy’s, World Jeep, Ashley HomeStores, Sundance Vacations, Asbury Park Press, The Boss 107.1,  WRAT 95.9 and 90.5 The Night.
For more information or weather-related changes, visit the website or call 732-681-3700.